Stephen Emerson Wright (1953 - 2011)

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Stephen Emerson Wright died Dec. 18, 2011. Born Ellery Stephen Wright on Jan. 28, 1953 in Tarrytown, N.Y., he legally changed his name in 1997. He attended Harding Military Academy in Glendora, Calif. and later graduated from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wright attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from UAF in 1984. He moved to Juneau in 1993, held several jobs in fishing and marine biology including ADF&G, and received the Commissioner's Certificate for Exceptional Service.

Wright was active in the leadership of the Alaska State Employee Association, the CBJ Fisheries Development Committee, Taku Toastmasters and Mt. Juneau-Gastineau Lodge 21 of Free & Accepted Masons, as well as the Order of Eastern Star. He was also one of the main administrators for ASEA and Masonic scholarship programs for Juneau graduates.

Wright is preceded in death by his parents, Ellery C. and Marion Wright, who are buried in a family plot in the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York state.
Stephen is survived by his twin sisters, Helen T. "Wright" Briggs of St. Augustine, Fla., and Gail Wright Greene of Jacksonville, Fla. His significant other, Kalliopi "Emma" Pantelides, who resides in the Republic of Cyprus, also survives him. A public memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Tlingit-Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made toward the new building fund of the Juneau Masonic Center Association, PO Box 32558, Juneau, 99803.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, 2012
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